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Monday, February 18, 2002
Philips DVDRW208 DVD+RW

4. DAE Tests

Philips DVD+RW208 - Page 4

DAE Tests

- Test Method

We used CD DAE 99 v0.21 beta and EAC v0.9 prebeta 11 software in order to check the DAE performance of the drive with various AudioCDs (both pressed and CDR). The posted DAE results are the average of both applications, but the CPU usage was only taken from CD DAE 99, since EAC occupies the system a lot more. As a last note, we used the "BURST" reading mode of EAC. We made a full CD Rip starting from the first to the last track of the CD. The Average DAE reported speed along with the CPU Usage is displayed in the test graphs.

- DAE features:
As the EAC v0.9 prebeta 11 reported, the Ricoh MP5120A does support "Caching" of data, "Accurate Stream" and "C2 error info".

- Pressed AudioCD results: (Click to see CDSpeed Graph)

The Philips DVDRW208 supports up to 32X DAE speed at both pressed/CDR media. Its average performance is around 23.4X, making it faster than competition:

- CDR AudioCD Results: (Click to see CD Speed graph)

The Philips DVDRW208 performed better with CDR media than with pressed CDs:

- EAC Secure Extract Ripping mode

After many requests from numerous visitors we have added the EAC's secure extract ripping mode results, which ensures maximum produced WAV quality. Note that for each drive we used the build-in detection function:

Tested Drives
Average DAE Speed (X)
Pressed
CDR
Philips DVDRW208
1.1
6.5
(sync errors)
Pioneer DVR-A03
1.6
1.6
Ricoh MP5120A
12.3
11.6
Panasonic LF-D311
13.9
10.8

- Advanced DAE Quality

The Philips DVDRW208 had problems with Nero's CD Speed Advanced DAE quality test. It produced 262076 Data errors and got a score of 91.6X which is away from the top (100). The reading speed was also low and despite that Nero CD Speed Advanced DAE test says it can read CD-Text, it doesn't:

- Bad CDR Media results

Despite the fact that Nero CD Speed Advanced DAE test stretches a drive's mechanism to the max, we decided to do real life tests with a scratched disc. The disc was dirty, and with some light scratches, enough to cause problems to most of the tested drives. We used CD DAE 99 software to rip the whole disc (756539616 sectors) and the results were very interesting:

Average Speed (X)
Errors
Errors Of Total Disc (%)
Philips DVDRW208
8.6
50368737
6.66
Pioneer DVR-A03
7.0
68804154
9.09
Ricoh MP5120A
8.7
31033674
4.10
Panasonic LF-D311
*
*
*

As the tests proved, the Philips DVDRW208 performed worse than Ricoh MP5120A since it produced higher amount of reading errors. Only the Pioneer's DVR-A03 reading performance is lower.

- Ripping 90 and 99min CDs

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The drive doesn't support reading of 90/99mins CDs, since it stops reading at 84mins.




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